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all night long. the speeches, the flavor, the balloons, 100,000 balloons. it will be a big night here. thanks for inviting us into your home. that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and always unafraid. this is the fox report. tonight a dam in trouble in mississippi as isaac continues to wreak havoc. tens of thousands of residents in trouble downstream. and here in slidell, louisiana, a massive flood that nobody expected. hundreds of rescues. >> lot of people here. >> thousands of evacuations. >> we lost everything! everything! >> and for many, isaac's wrath may still be far from over. plus, republican presidential candidate mitt romney now just
hours away from the biggest speech of his life as he prepares to accept the gop nomination for president. but first from fox news thursday night, isaac, all these days later, all that rain later, still wreaking havoc as fox reports live tonight. people expected rain. they expected the storm to sit and spin. they thought it would be slow. nobody thought it would be this slow and deliver this much rain. the evacuations have happened across a two-state region, across southern hall louisiana, on the south coast of mississippi and inland bayous where tonight many people are still in evacuation shelters. in many areas, as it will here shortly, it is still raining to beat the band. we'll get to the evacuations and the trouble on the mississippi coast. but right now, the major concern is a dam that's upriver that begins around macomb, mississippi.
that's right on the border with the state of louisiana. down river, a community of about 60,000. there are great concerns that that dam might burst. as a result, they ordered at one point 60,000 people to get out of the way. right now it's on hold. they're trying to figure out whether they can solve the problem that isaac created before it destroys people's livelihoods. casey stegall is in louisiana town of robert on the north shore of the lake and he's there with the latest at an evacuation center. what do we know about this dam and those people? shep, obviously a lot of people are extremely anxious and waiting to see what happens in mississippi before anyone makes any rash decisions. i want to kind of show you around. people living in homes like this are the ones who are threatened. if you follow me this way, you can see why. the river that we're talking about, it is way down that way on the other side, about
100 feet or so past that white fence. but you have water that has come all the way up here and keep in mind, the dam has not broken and the water has already risen this much, about 19 feet or so over the banks in this one particular spot. if you look out there, you see that yellow stick out there? that was placed out there when we were talking to you during studio b. you can see how much the water has come up just then. if that dam bursts up in mississippi. it's going to send flood waters racing down this already swollen river and you have people that are living along the river that are really, really worried and they are keeping a close eye on it. that is why up to 60,000 people from the areas of kentwood, down here to robert. it's about a 41-mile stretch dotted with communities here in louisiana, along this river and all of them are keeping their eyes on this tonight. >> casey, i know they're looking
at this dam from the air. have they found out anything? >> yeah, they are. the army corps of engineers has been going up in helicopters. sometimes the helicopters have to get grounded because as you know all too well, a band will come through bringing a lot of rain and some wind with it. it's unsafe for them to fly. but the corp. of engineers have been up in the air. governor, bobby jindal, went up in the air. listen to someone from the army corps of engineers, the way they characterize what they were able to ascertain from up above. listen. >> we also saw two large areas where the front of the dam structure had sloughed off and fallen down. initial assessments are that they do not represent the potential failure of the dam, but we've had just a cursory look. >> not a potential failure of the dam, but that has not been ruled out at this point, which is why they were doing this controlled release, shepherd.
they were actually cutting holes and punching holes in it with hopes that the water in that lake up in the south part of mississippi would drain out into a wooded area and it would take a lot of the pressure off of the dam so it would not rupture. again, that is something that's going on as we speak. we have not heard any updates in terms of the progress of how that controlled release has gone, shepherd. >> well, that is a significant moment of the day, at least along the mississippi-louisiana border. we go back to casey stegall for updates. we're in slidell, louisiana. you can see enormous flooding and it goes on for a long way. in the very distance is the lake. the big lake that so many have worried about here. the truth is, the water was pushing out of that lake and into this town of slidell. as a result, areas flooded that they didn't see flooding katrina. earlier today, walking around this flooded community, we met up with a man whose entire
livelihood was crushed when katrina hit seven years ago. he was telling us about what happened on that day while seeing what had happened to him overnight and into today. here is what he told us. >> i was here for katrina and i saw devastation, lost my house. i rebuilt up on piling. so luckily i didn't flood this time we love walking around the whole town and seeing what we can see now is a shame. these people did so much to rebuild their lives just seven years ago and so much is devastated again. >> and so did he. he says last night in the middle of the night, the water started to rise. 3:00 o'clock in the morning, local authorities tell us. he says he got up, looked around, flood waters everywhere. didn't know exactly what to do. he felt like it was a flashback to seven years ago today. in fact, the police chief tells us there are areas of this town that flooded this time that did not flood seven years ago during katrina. our ed flock covered that storm and he's covering this one with
a tour this community. ed, it's astounding to see how much of this town ended up under water. >> this was no fair, shepherd. when katrina hit, it was the storm surge, the massive storm surge, when this storm hit that flooded this town. it came in the back door, from lake pontchartrain t began driving out water from the west to east. take a look. these people right up here, look at that truck, they got their belongings in, but they couldn't get the truck down the road. the water came up too fast. i think here you see another one that kind of really points it up. the boards were up. it survived the hurricane, didn't survive the flood. >> a lot of things didn't survive the flood. i'm wondering if they talked at all about how this community that, isn't exactly long on money after all of these years of trouble, how they plan to build themselves back. >> the first thing you got to do is get this water out of here.
the problem is this is not unlike new orleans, pieces of this neighborhood, this town. this neighborhood is a bowl. and when the water comes in, the water goes back out into the pontchartrain, this water doesn't drain back out. it stays in that bowl. so they got to pump it out first before they do anything else. it is, like you say, pretty discouraging. >> we were talking to jeff flock live on the other side of town. thank you. we were talking to the police chief, chief smith today. he told us when hurricane katrina came in, we were kind of expecting a lot of badness. it hit an hour and a half or so to an hour drive to the east us in south mississippi. he said, we knew we were going to get flooded. we were prepared to that. this time we thought the storm would move right through. instead, it rained on him for 2 1/2 days. rick wagoner matthew is in the extreme weather center. is this headed north and west toward baton rouge and up? >> yeah. north of baton rouge now. it's such a big storm, we have
still got rain across parts of florida and georgia that started raining four days ago. it's not gone. we're still going to be dealing with rain around where you are. there is new orleans on the south side of lake pontchartrain. initially all of that storm surge water, piled up here in toward lake pontchartrain. now the winds shifted and they're out of the southwest. it's been pushing all that water of the full lake now in towards slidell. the winds is out of the same direction. that keeps that very full and keeps it moving in toward that direction. away from new orleans, but now up towards slidell. that other story you're talking about of the other dam that's been threatening, still some rain showers moving there. you can see it's a little more hilly terrain. all of that rain around ten inches so far in this area, falling into the hills. it all has to drain into the lake, eventually into the river. that's what's causing all that concern. this concern is going to move farther toward the north because there is a lot of very hilly
terrain in parts of arkansas and tennessee. this area is still going to be dealing with heavy rain tonight. look at the future radar. tonight and tomorrow very rough. some of these thunderstorms could spawn tornadoes again. it's going to be the very heavy rain we've got. for the most part, the rainfall amounts across parts of mississippi and louisiana, shep, are going to begin to taper off. we might see a few thunderstorms and a band or it that get lined up in that bad direction. we'll see another inch or two of rain. for the most part, this moisture by tomorrow and into saturday pulls up into the middle of the country and in towards parts of illinois. there is a bull's eye here, shepherd, four to eight inches of rain. there's a lot of drought going on here. so they need the rain. but they're going to get too much too quickly and i think we'll be seeing significant flooding. folks into the central part of the country need to be preparing for that as well. >> you know, one of the concerns around here is the temperatures because the power company is
suggesting hundreds of thousands of people could be without power for another week. the temperatures are going to get hot, aren't they? >> yeah. i'm wondering how you're sitting this with that jacket on. i know you needed the rain jacket. it's hot and will be humid. it's august and you're down around louisiana, southern louisiana. it's hot by any standard. the next few days looks like the temperatures will be the low 90s. that doesn't look like it's going to change, at least the next four to five days. for people who don't have the energy, it will be uncomfortable. >> so humid, rick, because all of this standing water, it's always humid here this time of year. but feels like temperatures in the low 100s and older people and people with kids. we just got word that 769,000 people are now without power in louisiana alone. three quarters of a million people will be in the dark today and probably tomorrow as well. rick, thanks very much. as you walk around here, it's become a media haven.
but all of this over here is supposed to be dry land. down here is a main street. there are lots of houses back over there. we watched a lot of rescues affected earlier today. we'll take you on a tour in just a minute. we're also keeping a close eye on politics because for republicans, this is the biggest day of the year so far. mitt romney to give his big speech in tampa tonight. we'll have live team fox coverage from america's election headquarters and much more on that storm called isaac. this is the fox report from fox news channel, live tonight from slidell, louisiana. it's good to have you with us.
>> shep: you are looking live slidell, louisiana, where residents are meeting up in the middle of what was their street. in the background there, a high water vehicle from the police department through which they've been effecting rescues throughout this neighborhood. as i mentioned, lake pontchartrain has just flooded into this city. people have no way to get in and out of their community except by boat or as those folks are, wading through the water. it has been an incredible sight to see throughout the day. really lots of questions about when all of this will dry out. we'll get to more on the storm in just a minute. but first politics. governor mitt romney is now just about three hours away from delivering the speech of his life in tampa bay. today he checked out the stage
at the gop convention in tampa where he now will accept the republican nomination for president of the united states. in the past few minutes, we got our first look at what governor romney plans to say in the most important speech he's given in his political career so far. here is one excerpt. and i quote, to the majority of americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, i can guarantee you this, if barak obama is reelected, you'll be right. campaign carl cameron is live for us in tampa bay. carl, a huge night for the entirety of the gop. >> we're told that governor romney did 17 different drafts of this speech. it will be about 40 minutes long and this is by far and away the biggest audience he's had in his entire white house race. but he's very quick to point out it's not his biggest audience. he had a billion people from the olympics. tonight's speech will be heavy on the personal. he will talk about his
upbringing, his father. his mormon faith and lace that throughout the speech, talking about the values and principles he was raised it, the values and principles he brought with him to the business world, as well as to the time he was governor of massachusetts. he'll talk about his reluctance to discuss his charitable giving, his volunteerism, and some of the things that he was raised to do, but doesn't feel that it's appropriate to boast about. this is very much an attempt by mitt romney to introduce himself to the rest of the country in the way those that know him best have seen him all these years. of course, there will be an awful loft democratic criticism. but tonight mitt romney gets to present himself as he wants to and not have to worry about being interrupted by democratic attack ads, shep. >> shep: carl, the republicans have been clamoring for a long time for governor romney to fight back against the attacks on his time at bain capital. what are we expecting him to say tonight? >> he'll talk a little bit about his days and business at bain.
but in the preceding introductory performances, we'll get a big dose of it. there will be a number of people who were involved in bain, some from some of the companies that were very successful. some from some of the companies that have been criticized as less than successful. expect all of them to give ringing endorsements. he'll be introduced in part by an african-american former state government official, a democrat, a liberal who has been a strong supporter and was part of the romney administration in boston as the governor of massachusetts. she will talk about how she is a great friend of mitt romney and she's the value of his brand of bipartisanship. there will be a story from a cuban american who benefited from some bain work, made a lot of money and turned it into a start-up pharmacy, which he'll say he built. so the bain capital component of tonight, very much an aggressive assertion that 85% of what mitt romney did in business was highly successful.
>> shep: thanks. i want to get one more question. but first, this man has come out of the water. sir, do you live down there? >> unfortunately. >> shep: i saw you wading through the water to talk to the lady in red down there. >> a strange way to meet new neighbors. >> shep: have you waded out of your own home? >> yeah. >> shep: what's it like back there? >> smelly, wet. pouring bleach everywhere. >> shep: i know y'all didn't expect floods like this this time. >> no, nobody did. i've been back here 20 years. it took us all off guard. we have no idea why this happened. i knew it was a bad track. my neighbor, he battled. i said of all the worst tracks to take for a hurricane, this is it. and it's rare i park my vehicle out here, but this time i felt something was wrong and i parked it out here, fortunately. if i hadn't, i would have lost it. >> shep: who were you meeting in the red jacket? >> that's the lady two houses down. she's been there ten years. she's kind of new to the
subdivision. >> shep: i want our viewers to see this large vehicle down here. it's a high water vehicle that has been effecting rescues in. did you consider taking that? >> i don't mind. i'm a mariner from way back. >> shep: will you rebuild here? >> would i rebuild? considering that. i've been here 20 years. after katrina, it's just finished off the rest of my possessions. i've lost too much already. i don't think i'm going to stay. rebuild a house and sell it. hit the high ground. >> shep: good luck to you. >> well... goes with the flow. >> shep: guess it does. >> at least i have a roof over my head. there are people around here with nothing. especially after katrina. katrina taught us all a heart breaker. and it really hurt us. to have this happen again, won't be the last time. >> shep: good luck to you. thank you. very difficult situation for folks in slidell, louisiana, and
>> shep: a live look, slidell, louisiana, as the police are coming with what they call their high water vehicle. it's a military surplus armored personnel carrier, they tell us. apparently they have a little media on board. what they've been doing is bringing people in boats. earlier weigh saw a lady in a wheelchair. there was no mandatory evacuation. there was no flood warning for this area. the storm just did so much crazy stuff and pushed so much water in areas they didn't think it
would that they ended up with areas flooded that they never dreamed. how many more did you get out this time? >> we just got this one. we helped her get out of the water. we couldn't make it back there. the water is too deep for this piece of machinery. >> shep: this is 100 people today? >> well over 100 people today. well over. >> shep: y'all didn't know this would flood. this wasn't part of the forecast, was it? >> yes, sir, it was. this is typical for this time of weather. but it just never come up this fast and this high. >> shep: some of these neighborhoods, old towns, this doesn't happen really, doesn't it? >> correct. in my 28 years, this is the second time i known it to flood like that. the other time was katrina. >> shep: good luck to y'all. >> thank you. >> shep: one after another, we've been watching all day. we got on one of these earlier and went out for a rescue and we'll show you some of that in a little bit. the major concern, big picture across this region is transportation and how people are going to get around. we were going from new orleans. we were headed to mississippi this morning to go cover stories
over there when slidell flooded and on the way here, we ran into this. so this is eastbound on interstate 10 coming right up on lake pontchartrain and they had a serious problem this morning. the water, because of the way the storm is rotating, the winds are pushing right up onto interstate 10. this is lake pontchartrain and all this water came up onto the highway and closed down these right two lanes. it looked for a little while like they might have to come over here and close this whole highway down. that would create enormous problems. so come over here. they put all of this hay out. in fact, you can see trucks down there are finishing up the process now. the hope is that they'll be able to keep lake pontchartrain inside its banks and keep this highway open. that's the hope. and they were able to do that as it turns out. a lot of that stuff you saw there came from an island in lake pontchartrain, 180 acres.
that is sea grass, along with unbelievably a bunch of dead animals. there were pigs, possums, nutria rats, animals they brought in to kill off the snakes and that didn't go very well a. lot of wildlife. but they kept the highway open of the transportation has been a major concern. steve harrigan is just to the north of there by about 30 miles. across the louisiana line, into mississippi. the town is kill, mississippi, which happens to be the hometown of brett favre. they have problems there, too. right, steve? >> that's right. just one person killed in the storm in mississippi so far. but even for people who are in a not life-threatening situation like neighborhood i'm in here, they're hunkering down here. just having water surround your house for two or three solid days poses some challenges of its own. when the rain stops for an hour in kiln, mississippi, this woman
sees the chance to get her son out of the house. a paddle boat. her neighbor high school new friends, two geese that arrive with the water at her back tore. >> they're going to try to pick you up. >> how do you walk a dog when there is nowhere to walk. >> you have to kind of get them right here and try to find a little piece of grass and get them on. >> they're not the tallest dogs in the world either. >> no. they get wet and you have to have towels to dry them off. i have to keep my babies safe. >> none of these people have electricity. 150,000 people in mississippi don't have electricity. but some people here trying to make the best of it. i can smell steaks. even though they're surrounded by water, someone is going to eat well tonight. >> shep: all of the last couple of weeks i saw you in a war zone and then all of this week, you seem to always be in water. what in the world?
>> well, i think it gives a good, you know, part of tv reporters try to show off. but part of it gives good physical representation of what the situation is like. it makes people really feel it, that these houses are four feet under. i'm on apache avenue. if you can see that one there is about three feet under. and it shows you really the edge of the road and also how deep you can go. do you have to be careful for manhole covers and snakes. we've seen two or three of those so far, little ones on the surface. i think standing in the water and watching people walk out, watching them carry what they have, watching them pull out loved ones on rafts really gives you a feel for the struggle that people are going through here over the next couple of days, shepherd. >> shep: it really does. there is no doubt about it. over here while we were talking a second ago, the first time in a few days we got a little sunshine coming out from behind the clouds. it really has been three or four days. i wonder if that's starting to
happen there at all or if it's on and off rain in kiln. >> it's been incredible for about 24 hours of rain. when people had an hour off, they were doing whatever they can, get their kid out of the house, try and get their dogs out of the house, and now thank god, we've had about two or three hours of sunshine. although conditions still getting worse. this is river flood here from the jordan river. that river is overflown and so it's steadily gotten higher, even though it looks nicer, sun out, still troubled times ahead for this neighborhood. >> shep: i'll say. on a canoe down main street, we saw people -- in fact, there is a man wading back to his house. one thing i know -- i know they're hearty folks in kiln and here. but this wading in and out of your neighborhood must get tiresome at the very minimum. >> really tiresome. i see people going by in a canoe behind me. they're moving generators by canoes and rafts. i saw one older man pulling his
wife on a raft with one bag of possessions in the raft. she just looked really tired and said, we have three or four feet of flooding. we lost it all in katrina. i'm getting older and i don't know how much more i can take of this. you feel for her. it's not a scene you often see. a man pulling a woman on a raft. it seems like a picture from a long, long time ago that we're seeing in 2012, in the u.s. >> shep: it really does. steve harrigan, this time in kiln, mississippi, in the southern part of the state. thanks very much. well, we'll go to la place, louisiana in just a moment. there have been different areas that have had flooding just up to their eyeballs in many case. down in placquemine parish. anna kooiman andmous problems. head east. we'll update you from the republican national convention
>> shep: a live look in slidell, louisiana, as they're using a dump truck on sort of railroad wheels, if you will, and putting rocks on the back of it to try to shore up these railroad tracks. the reason for that is, all of this was flooded earlier today. all of this was flood well over the tracks and all the water was rushing over. real quickly, see what happened here, all the tracks have been compromised. so they have to get in here and fix all of this before the trains that go from new orleans over to mississippi can make this trek back and forth. you can see the gates are going up here now. so there is so much work to be done afterwards. the roads have to be repaired. the tracks have to be repaired. the homes have to be repaired.
the water has to drain out. and then the concerns of mosquitoes because with all this standing water, they expect lots of mosquitoes and mosquitoes and the west nile infestation that's been going on across the southern part of the united states is a very serious concern for people who are coming back. they're worried about mosquito bites and the west nile that comes along with it. flood something a problem all across the region. anna kooiman is in laplace, louisiana, this evening. i know they've been having problems since before dawn today. >> yeah, they really have. folks in this region, they have their generators and their batteries ready for power outages. but they were not ready for this flooding. really shocked by how quickly the waters rose. all day long, first responders and the department of wildlife and fishery have been making water rescues. some 1500 across the state of louisiana. here in st. johns parish, 1500 people across the state. 3300 actually had to evacuate.
some 300 miles away to shreveport, louisiana. let's take a listen to some of those residents. >> we dot katrina all over again. people got used to the water and now it really came. >> i done lost everything. >> places like laplace, they haven't been vulnerable to flooding as much as other parishes in the past, shepherd,ñ >> it's been unyu((sq i had to wait in line for two hours. our cameras were rolling as the national guard had to step in when a woman cut in line and
caused a bit of a scuffle. folks got pretty upset with her and it's really been quite an issue here. price gouging as well. the louisiana attorney general's office saying they are getting complaints about that, which, of course, shepherd, is illegal. >> shep: anna kooiman live in laplace, louisiana. thanks very much. the oil and gas industry's report that isaac really didn't cause too much damage in the gulf drilling area, though they put a lot of precautions in place. but that's causing the price of oil to skyrocket. according to triple a, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is now 3.83. some folks saw it jump five cents a gallon overnight. the biggest single day spike in a year and a half just in time for the big labor day weekend. here is why. this is a map of all the oil rigs in the gulf. some are reportedly starting to resume drilling and pumping now. but many have been left off line for days. ed henry is our main man at the
white house and he's live there. i know this is causing lots of problems all across the nation. >> it is. it's the last thing the president wants on the eve of the democratic national convention, to see gas prices spike. in addition to isaac, you also had an explosion in venezuela, the world gets a lot of its oil supply from there. that is affecting world markets. that's why there is now pressure on the white house to potential low open up those strategic petroleum reserves, try to increase supply, bring prices down in the short-term. here is jay carney on that. >> our position really hasn't changed, which is the options are on the table. we're closely monitoring all the developments that affect the supply and price of oil. >> the white house got a pretty good economic report today where it basically said that consumer spending has been up this summer. somewhat unexpectedly. that is good news for the white house. you have gas prices going up right now. that's obviously something that's going to be a big challenge for them, shep.
>> shep: yeah, i'm sure it is. governor romney hitting the president hard on energy, isn't he? >> yeah. you heard it from the vice presidential nominee, paul ryan, last night. you expect to hear it from mitt romney as well. last week remember the governor unveiled his energy plan. he basically said that it's not these world market forces that are causing the price of gas to be so high here in the u.s. he criticized the president's policies. take a listen. >> sometimes i have the impression that the whole regulatory attitude of the administration is trying to stop oil and gas and coal, that they don't want those sources, that instead, they want to get those things so expensive and so rare that wind and solar become highly cost effective and efficient. >> the pushback from the white house and the obama campaign is that in fact, oil and gas production is up under this president, so they believe that the president is doing all he can trying to fire all cylinders to deal with this problem. but right now, america is
dealing with high gasoline prices. >> shep: ed henry live at the white house tonight. thanks very much. i mentioned we're reporting from slidell, louisiana. in some areas, you heard the cop earlier say this area is prone to flooding. but not in this area. not in this spot. in fact, it's only flooded once in his 28 years. that was around hurricane katrina. other than that, what they're worried about mostly is the nodding. they're using these tracks to try to move rocks and bolders into areas to set up some dams. when we get back, we'll speak with some residents who are displaced and flooded out and continue our coverage of the republican national convention. that's coming right up on fox report
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us. i can't do this. i can't do it no more. >> shep: you stayed in katrina? >> yes. right back there. we swim in all that water. >> shep: and now all that water is back and slidell is soaked. >> yeah, it was up to the second step on my porch. >> shep: that was enough? >> uh-huh. i was ready to go. >> shep: the rescue operations happening all day. >> we rescued almost 100 people thus far with about 25 still on the list. >> rick: police chief randy smith says here the flood water today is worse than in katrina. >> the rainfall amounts were torrential. we've also experienced that tidal surge. >> shep: it's a killer, isn't it? >> it's a mess. it's not what we expected. >> shep: you look down these streets and all of these people, nobody evacuated around here, did they? >> no. it was very unforeseen. even though katrina was seven years ago, not until about a year and a half ago this neighborhood actually took to the rebuild. this is just a total low blow.
>> shep: and a disaster for people wading home. for others who won't leave home, and still others trying to escape. >> we're just getting the generators. >> shep: nobody predicted this. not for here. not with this storm. but this morning, suddenly chaos. >> yeah. the water rose. first it started coming up through the manholes out there. then it started coming up and we laid down examine when you looked, this is what we got. >> shep: voila. the clean-up continues. to the republican national convention where a tribute, video tribute is play to go president ronald reagan. listen. >> four more years! four more years! >> let history say this, these were golden years, when the american revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life and america reached for her best.
as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us. these are the boys who went to vote. these are the men who took the cliffs. these are the champions who helped free a continent. these are the heros who helped end a war. we see and hear again the echos of our past. the song and the song echos out forever and fills the unknowing air. it is the american sound. it is hope. big hearted, idealistic, daring,
decent and fair. >> the first woman ever nominated to the supreme court of the united states. >> that's our heritage. that's our song. we sing it still for all our problems, our differences. we are together. we raise our voices to god who is the author of this most tender music and may he continue to hold us close as we fill the world with our sound in unity, affection, and love. >> everybody is look forward to just being able to help. that's what we're here to do. >> one people, under god. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall! [ cheers and applause ] >> dedicated to this freedom. >> raising their new passports, they rushed forward, screaming
across the border. >> called upon now to pass that dream of freedom on to a waiting and a hopeful world. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states. >> mr. reagan will speak in his first public appearance since the shooting. [ applause ] >> i have a letter with me. letter came from peter sweeney. he's in the second grade in the riverside school in rockville center. and he said, i hope you get well quick or you might have to make a speech in your pajamas. [ laughter ] whatever else history my say about me when i'm gone, i hope it will record that i appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts. in this springtime of hope, some
lights seem eternal. america's is. thank you, god bless you and god bless america. [ cheers and applause ] >> please welcome former speaker newt gingrich of georgia and his wife, calista gingrich. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> thank you. thank you for that warm welcome. what a wonderful tribute to president reagan and the spirit of the american people. >> it's fantastic to see so many friends here, friends from decades of service to the party, service in public life, and those who helped us over the
past few years. we are delighted that tonight we come together to once again renew american spirit and put real leadership back in the white house this november. [ cheers and applause ] >> the election of mitt romney and paul ryan will decisively move america to a better future. remembering president reagan reminds us that the choices we make matter, and this year is as important as the choice we made in 1980. >> over three decades have passed since ronald reagan was first elected to the white house. yet the impact of his leadership, is still evident today. while in office, president reagan had three major goals: to restore the economy, to
revive the american spirit, and to defeat totalitarianism, spreading democracy throughout the world. >> by remaining true to his convictions through his belief in the american people and with tremendous optimism, president reagan achieved these goals. >> it's striking how president carter and president obama both took our nation down a path that in four years weakened america's confidence in itself and our hope for a better future. >> both weakened the respect for america abroad. both increased government programs filled with waste and inefficientcy that failed to produce results. both made promises they couldn't keep, and as a consequence of ineffective policies, both were unable to revive our economy and
create jobs. >> for example, both crippled american energy production when there were better ways to develop and use our abundant energy resources. the romney plan for north american energy independence is exactly the kind of bold visionary leadership reagan believed in and it is what we need now. [ cheers and applause ] >> the reagan presidency also teaches us that there is a better way to put americans back to work, create millions of jobs, and help every american achieve success. the reagan program of tax cuts, regulatory reform, and spending controls worked. >> reagan's belief in small business owners and
entrepreneurs is a remarkable contrast with obama's class warfare rhetoric, massive deficits, and a passion for taxing those who create jobs. the romney plan for a stronger middle class has deep roots in ronald reagan's approach. >> reagan's commitment to reform welfare and to create a work requirement was a major achievement when he was governor of california. his pioneering work led to the historic welfare reform bill congress and the president passed 30 years later. this bipartisan legislation reduced the size of government, made our country more competitive, and put millions of americans back to work. [ applause ]
>> tragically, president obama gutted this achievement and like jimmy carter, over four years he produced little effective legislation that brought the two parties together in the interest of the nation. obama's waving of the work requirements and welfare reform is just one example of his direct repudiation of president reagan's values. obama's proud of what he's done and of his politically motivated partisanship, but he should be ashamed for putting politics before people. [ cheers and applause ] >> governor romney will return america to work and to the principles that are at the core of president reagan's legacy. this year the american people will once again have an important choice to make.
>> now, each of us must commit ourselves in the tradition of ronald reagan to come together. president reagan said there is no substitute for victory, and this november we can not settle for anything less. [ cheers and applause ] this is the most critical election of our lifetime. each of us must do our part now to insure that america remains in the tradition of president reagan, a land of freedom, hope, and opportunity. thank you and god bless you and god bless america. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> shep: calista and newt gingrich speak at the republican national convention on what is an enormous night for the gop. our prime time programming begins about four minutes from now. "the o'reilly factor" is up first, followed by "hannity" and at 10:00 o'clock eastern time, the big speech from mitt romney himself. it is his way of introducing himself to the part of the country that hasn't paid that much attention to the election so far, unlike many of us. labor day is traditionally a time when people get back to their normal schedules and the gop is hoping this is the night to introduce mitt romney to millions upon millions of people who may not yet know that much about him. but before that, of course, his son will speak. much of that speech he'll deliver in spanish as republicans try to develop a hispanic following and up their hispanic voters, a video setting that up is playing now. >> has ever known is because throughout our history, people
from across the world have made the choice to make america their home. >> in turn, have helped make america the great symbol hope and freedom that it is in the world. >> i believe in the promise of america that, with hard work, anything is possible regardless of where we come from. >> that inspiring story repeated itself time and time again in the lives of millions of hispanic americans. >> ho have enhanced and strengthened the promise of america. >> our convention is taking place in a city that exemplifies how hispanics have contributed to the building of our richly diverse national fabric. >> the work ethic has made florida one of the most vibrant states in our country. >> on every corner of the united states, hispanics have helped create america's history. >> enriching each aspect of our culture, strengthening our families, reinvigorating our faith. >> and selflessly defending america with bravery and
exemplary patriotism. >> when i think of reagan and lincoln -- >> the core values of our party share common ground with those held dear by hispanics. >> we share the belief that america's truly an exceptional nation. >> with hard work, bold dreams can come true. >> america's entrepreneurial spirit is alive in the hispanic community. millions of hispanics working hard to achieve a better future for their loved ones. that's the american dream. >> it's not a coincidence that hispanic americans that reached historic milestones are also republicans. >> from the first hispanic member of congress to the first hispanic woman elected to congress. >> our first latina governor, all republicans. >> hispanics will continue to be one of the leading voices in our party because the bonds that unite us are the pillars of the grand ole party. >> our hispanic american elected leaders are as diverse as our people. >> in recent years, we have seen
the election of three governors. >> senator from florida. >> and soon to be elected senator from texas, ted cruz. >> just in 2010 alone, all the new hispanics elected to congress in a wave of reform were republicans. >> and new faces are constantly emerging at the state and local level. >> inspiring examples of how bright our future can be. >> for too long, the hispanic community has been taken for granted by the other party. the hispanic community deserves and rightfully so, expect much more than empty promises. >> from candidates during election time. all we've forgotten once we're in office. >> it's not about (speaking spanish). >> it needs to be about (speak spanish), you deserve better for the sake of our children and grandchildren. we must do that. i know how to revive the american dream. and my commitment to you is this: i will not let you down. >> hispanics are going to continue to have a critical role in the future of the republican party. and togetherit